Avocado Caprese Panzanella Salad Recipe

Meghan Yager | Cake 'n Knife Updated

This Avocado Caprese Panzanella Salad is a complete meal. You won't need anything but a sparkling water and a smile, because holy...

Making salads is a pretty rare occurrence for me. I tend to be one of those individuals who doesn’t eat salad unless I seriously HAVE to eat salad.

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Or unless the salad is seriously swoon worthy…

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I love salads with a bunch of different textures and flavors in them. I tend to shy away from the Caesar salads and the plain old side salads that are only differentiated by the dressings that are put on them.

If I'm going to eat a salad, I want colour. I want flavour. I don't want plain chicken with a plain dressing. 

This salad is anything but ordinary. Each bite of this salad is literally a party in your mouth.

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I am sure you aren’t surprised that the salad I busted out for this healthier season is one that has bread in it. There’s also bacon.

And some mozzarella cheese for good measure.

This salad can be tailored to your personal tastes, you want extra bacon? Throw some more in! Treat yourself. 

I might be trying to detox after an epic holiday season of intense eating, but I am not going to give up three of my main five food groups…

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Hey, I’m just trying to be realistic about my goals! You can’t judge me for that, now can you?

There is a fun brightness in this salad that balances out the richness of the bacon, bread and cheese loaded up in this giant bowl of goodness.

I love the peppery bite of the dressing because it brings out the creaminess of the avocado even more than you expect it will.

Avocado Caprese Panzanella Salad

You have crunchy and creamy, tart and savory, as well as rich and light, all bundled up into a salad that is pretty darn hard to turn away from. 

So come jump on the healthy train… at least for a minute! 

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Avocado Caprese Panzanella Salad Recipe

    4 Servings

Ingredients

For the Salad:
  • 1 French Baguette
  • 1 Avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
  • 3 slices Bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup Mozzarella Cheese, cut into approximately 1" pieces
  • 3 cups Fresh Spinach
For the Lemon Pepper Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • pinch of Salt

Directions

  1. Set broiler to high. Spread cubed bread in an even layer on a baking sheet. Toast until golden brown.
  2. In a large bowl, combine spinach, mozzarella, tomatoes, bacon, avocado, and toasted bread. Toss to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients for lemon pepper vinaigrette. Dress salad and toss to coat.
  4. Serve immediately.

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Author: Meghan Yager
Recipe Yields: 2-4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 227
Calories 592

% Daily Value*
44%
Total Fat 28g
27%
  Saturated Fat 5g
39%
Sodium 931mg
22%
Total Carbohydrate 67g
9%
  Dietary Fiber 7g
  Sugars 1g
32%
Protein 16g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Meghan Yager

About Meghan

Meghan is a girl that's passionate about food - straightforward food that anyone can love. It's what you'll find on her blog, Cake n' Knife. There's not much food more straightforwardly delicious than an avocado, that's why Meghan is our avocado fanatic.